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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Post Santa Barbara Estate for Sale at $45M

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have listed their Santa Barbara home for sale. The couple is asking $45 million for the property, which is comprised of three parcels purchased in two 2013 transactions totaling $28.8 million.

Dating to the 1930’s, the rustic house measures 10,500 square feet, and contains six bedrooms and eight full or partial baths. The sandstone and raw timber home features a rambling layout around a center courtyard.

It’s a substantial look, and it doesn’t ever pass into the vague indecision of many higher end period residences that have been renovated; it achieves a strong sense of authenticity by never really appearing to question its identity. Modernizations and elements of cross-cultural layering are nicely incorporated, and do not topple the composition.

DeGeneres has suggested that the house seems to be an expression of its landscape, and that’s pretty accurate. It doesn’t impose, and it does not dominate; a neat trick for a home built from rusticated stone. And, even though the home is the product of a very assertive European design aesthetic located in Southern California, it doesn’t feel contrived. Part of that effect is the countryside of Montecito, which perhaps more than any other SoCal locale resembles the Riviera.

The house features nine fireplaces, libraries and reading rooms. Ceilings are vaulted, sometimes open trussed, and floors are generally tile or stone. Windows and French doors are pleasingly plain, steel-framed affairs, and do not distract from the overall style. The overall look is heavy-handed, packed to bursting with charming detail, but it never comes off as ponderous. Frequently, skylights lend a little liberation to the proceedings, and balance things out nicely with a dash of the ethereal.

The nearly seventeen acres of grounds are filled with gardens and quiet alcoves. An additional pavilion structure was constructed by the couple, and features a wet bar and catering kitchen, and entertaining space under a high vaulted ceiling.

DeGeneres—a legendarily restless house-hunter—and spouse de Rossi have owned several homes in their time together: buying, renovating and selling. The couple’s latest real-estate acquisition may lead them to Australia, de Rossi’s home country.

 

New Exclusive Birnam Wood Home Available

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One of the most sophisticated homes in the club where you’ll enjoy panoramic fairway views stretching to ocean glimpses and grounds designed by landscape designer, Mark Rios, and featuring sculptures by Robert Holmes, cut-stone terraces and a reflecting lap-pool. Interior spaces are as rewarding, designed by Bruce Gregga with a generous master suite, two relaxing guest suites and den accented by stone fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and walls of glass to private terraces and manicured grounds. A unique combination of expansive views and yet offering complete privacy. The perfect home for entertaining. Everything about this property speaks volumes about quality and attention to detail.

Sotheby’s Montecito Office Represents Two Most Expensive Homes in America

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Our Montecito Office represents number 6 and number 8 of the most expensive homes now for sale in America.

NEWLY LISTED! Montecito Birnam Wood Lakefront Estate

 

 

Montecito, California Birnam Wood Lakefront home recently sold by Harry Kolb is back on the market and newly remodeled.

Montecito, California Birnam Wood Lakefront home recently sold by Harry Kolb is back on the market and newly remodeled.

MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA – Set on what may be the most dramatic and premier location within the prestigious Birnam Wood Golf Club, this highly refined and newly remodeled home offers spectacular mountain and lake views from its expansive rooms along with the finest examples of superior construction and design. The three-bedroom plus den home offers high ceilings, handsome moldings, stone fireplaces, warm parquet oak floors and generous marble baths. One of the most inspiring homes in the club.

Offered at $6,450,000
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For more information please contact Harry Kolb at 805-452-2500

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MONTECITO LISTING! A UNIQUE PROMONTORY OCEAN VIEW ESTATE

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THE DUQUE ESTATE
“BLESSED LITTLE RANCH”

MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA
$8,700,000

Style: Monterey Spanish Revival
Year Built: 1931
Lot Size: 3.175± Acres
Square Feet: Approximately 6,3014±
Main Home: 8 bedrooms / 5 full baths, 1 powder
APN#: 007-040-039/038 (2 legal parcels)
Architect: Edwards & Plunkett
Montecito Union School District

If you’d like make an appointment to see the property please call 1.805.452.2500
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Outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and scenic mountains coupled with the architecture of one of the most respected firms responsible for some of the most romantic and cherished structures, including the Arlington Theater and many classic homes, make this a special Montecito estate. William Albert Edwards and Joseph Plunkett designed this charming Monterey Spanish home in 1931 and named it “Blessed Little Ranch.” The Edwards Duque Estate sits today on approximately 3.175 acres on two legal parcels in the Montecito foothills on a promontory that affords it a panoramic coastal view along with rare privacy.

The commanding two-story home was built in an era of quality, craftsmanship and attention to architectural details. Principal rooms include the two-story living room with its massive beamed ceiling and surrounding wrought-iron balcony, formal dining room, sun room, butler’s pantry, kitchen, and breakfast room. in addition, there is a master suite, five family bedrooms, plus a two-bedroom staff wing with a shared bath off the kitchen. There’s also a separate approximately 900 sq.ft. 1-bedroom, 1-bath guest cottage. Three wrought-iron balconies and first-floor terraces all provide breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean. The property also benefits from a long, private approach and by being within the very highly respected Montecito Union School District. It’s a rarity today to find this combination of period architecture and quality construction still benefiting from panoramic and uninterrupted coastal views.

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Prima Luce, A Montecito Haven, is Featured in Private Air Luxury Homes Magazine

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Private Air Magazine – July/August 2014 Edition
By EJ Webber

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Read this great article by EJ Webber regarding my exclusive listing, ‘Prima Luce,’ located in Montecito, California. Prima Luce faces southeast, taking its name from unobstructed views of the first rays of sunrise and moonrise. Located in a prime Montecito location offering panoramic ocean and MontecitoValley views. Famed designer Robert Webb has captured the ambiance of a Tuscan-style country villa with details like hand-chiseled Santa Barbara sandstone, quarried from these very grounds that form the walls, posts, and facades, complemented by imported French limestone on the pillars, window surrounds, and chimneys.  At every turn, large windows capture spectacular vistas in this grand home tempered by comfort and livability. The main residence is approx. 8,425 sq.ft. with 5 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 2 powder rooms, and 5 fireplaces. There’s a one-bedroom guest house, a luxurious pool house and 65-foot pool surrounded by lush lawns and rose gardens. The property also features two 3-car garages, a 7-hole putting green, and “Kids’ World” with a two-story cottage and whimsical gardens.

Offered at $23,500,000

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Please call me for more information at 805.452.2500 or e-mail harry@harrykolb.com.

 

 

 

 

NEW LISTING! ‘PRIMA LUCE’ – A Tuscan-style Villa in Montecito, California

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Prima Luce, Montecito California listed by Harry Kolb of Sotheby’s International Realty

‘The Secret’ Author Rhonda Byrne Will List in Montecito for $23.5 Million – WSJ

Harry Holb Featured Property in Montecito for $23.5 Million

Article featured on Curbed.com

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Among all the Montecito significant properties currently available, this home offers a unique family oriented floor plan and a lifestyle and amenities perfectly suited for an active family. The property faces southeast, taking its name from unobstructed views of the first rays of sunrise and moonrise. Situated on approximately 2.3 acres in a prime Montecito location, this completely private enclave is surrounded by mature oaks offering panoramic ocean and MontecitoValley views, yet has no other homes in sight. A unique and valuable combination of wide open vistas coupled with complete privacy. Solid wood and iron gates open directly to the spacious motor-court and the main home’s stately, yet inviting, facade.

Inside and out, famed designer Robert Webb has captured the ambiance of a Tuscan country Villa. Hand-chiseled Santa Barbara sandstone, quarried from these very grounds, form the walls, posts, and facades, complemented by imported French limestone on the pillars, window surrounds, and chimneys. The interior boasts travertine marble and distressed wood floors, as well as exquisite decorative painting by the Elisa Stancil Studios of San Francisco. These subtle designs on the walls and ceilings infuse the entire home with a centuries-old ambience. At every turn, large windows capture vistas that could inspire paintings of their own.

From the arched two-story entry with coffered wood ceiling, your eye is drawn directly across the foyer to the wrought iron doors of the rear terrace and their breathtaking views to the pool and ocean beyond. Approximately 11,440 square feet under roof, the main residence (8,425 square feet) includes five bedrooms, six full baths, two powder rooms, and five fireplaces. There are also two garages with space for six automobiles; a one-bedroom guest house and a pool house with kitchen and bath. Technologically, the property excels with a Vantage lighting system, an Audio Access PX700 system, a telephone system with up to seven lines, and Internet access throughout.

On the grounds, the soothing sights and sounds of water emanate from a magnificent stone fountain in the motor court to a recirculating stream and three large ponds with native plantings, lotus blossoms, and goldfish. The impeccable landscaping extends to a rose garden and lush lawns around the 65-foot pool and luxurious pool house. A Seven-hole putting green under the oaks enjoys ocean views by day and dramatic lighting by night. Tucked away off the Family Room, the magical creation of “Kids’ World” offers a 310-square-foot, two-story cottage, play area, and whimsical gardens with showers designed as sunflowers.

Grand and sophisticated, yet tempered by extraordinary comfort and family livability, this Montecito estate embodies a world-class lifestyle that is second to none.

Call Harry Kolb at 805.452.2500 for more information.

 

NEW LISTING! Montecito, California Ocean View Italian Villa

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A 1999 Italian Villa of approximately 7,547 sq.ft. of living space designed by Jon Sorrell set on 3± rolling acres in the heart of Montecito offering panoramic ocean and island as well as majestic Montecito Valley and mountain views. This elegant 4-bedroom home features a grand two-story entrance loggia with 21-foot high ceiling and a two-story living room with mezzanine, a dramatic center atrium, and a large floor-to-ceiling fireplace with over mantel. The home also includes a music/family room with walls of glass that open to the pool area, the formal dining room has three sets of French doors with panoramic ocean and island views, the library/pub room has a knotty-pine bar area, a gourmet kitchen with breakfast conservatory, wine storage room, and a first-floor guest bedroom with fireplace. The second floor features two family bedrooms, a loggia with fireplace and walls of arched French doors, and an expansive master suite with a sitting room, two fireplaces, two separate full baths and a master closet complete with washer & dryer.

The property offers an expansive outdoor entertainment area with a pool and spa, and pool house perfect for soaking in the sweeping views and landscaping designed by Grant Castleberg. There’s also a detached 3-car garage across the large walled motor court.

Offered at $13,000,000

Please call 805.452.2500 for more information or e-mail harry@harrykolb.com.

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BEST BUYS! Montecito, Hope Ranch & Carpinteria Real Estate – Stunning Architectural and Ocean View Homes On The Market

For more information on these properties call Harry Kolb at 805-452-2500

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4677 Via Roblada SANTA BARBARA, CA 93110
MLS #11-4032
$32,000,000

Extraordinary ocean front estate with 22.4 extremely private acres (4 separate parcels). Property has 2 main ocean front residence, managers house, office, guest house, movie theater, 2 pools, tennis court, 1/4 horse track, barns for horses, and a lake. There is an additional 16.54 acres for sale separately (see private remarks), making this the largest estate in Hope Ranch with over 38 acre.

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550 Freehaven Drive MONTECITO, CA 93108
MLS #14-146
$17,750,000

Incomparable ocean, island & mtn views envelope this stunning 21+/- acre ridge top estate. Luxuriously built in 2007 w/ custom arch. details & exceptional quality throughout. Main residence w/ 1st fl master, sumptuous guest suites, pool/guest house, wine cellar, 4+ car garage & ample onsite parking. Spectacular gardens, stone patios & outdoor dining terraces overlook Montecito’s picturesque coast.

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854 Park Ln MONTECITO, CA 93108
MLS #12-3085
$7,995,000

With a prestigious Park Lane address, nestled amidst approximately 3.5 magical acres lies what is arguably the most authentic English manor in all of Montecito. Built in 1932 and designed by Chester Carjola, this historic 7bd/8ba manor boasts ocean and mountain views, an enchanting rose garden, pool/spa, 2bd/2ba guesthouse, lush landscaping, coveted privacy and plentiful space to expand.

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1332 Las Palmas Dr SANTA BARBARA, CA 93110
MLS #13-2521
$6,950,000

Past beautiful wrought iron entry gates, a dramatic tree-lined drive welcomes you to this enchanting and completely private Hope Ranch estate on 4.46 meticulously landscaped acres enjoying serene ocean and mountain views. Beamed cathedral ceilings, hand hewn hardwood floors, abundant French doors and 4 fireplaces grace this nearly 5,700 sq.ft. 5 bedroom, 4-full and 2-half bath residence.

The gracious living room with fireplace, grand formal dining room, office with built in bookshelves and fire lit pecan paneled library with wet bar are all richly appointed. Ideal for entertaining, the gourmet kitchen opens to a spacious family room with massive stone fireplace, breakfast area and butler’s pantry. The expansive master suite featuring massive beamed ceilings and an intimate fireplace adjoins the sumptuous master bath, generous walk in closets and exercise room. Each of the 3 additional bedrooms has a walk-in closet and garden views.
The spectacular landscaping includes a sheltered entertainment terrace with fabulous outdoor dining amenities, stunning swimming pool with waterfall, stone spa, lush lawns, flowering gardens and an Oak grove. Beyond the attached 3 car garage, the pretty equestrian facilities include 3 well ventilated, extra large stalls, a tack room, 3 paddocks, a riding ring and warm water washing station.

Located across the road from the exclusive Hope Ranch Beach, this exquisite estate property offers luxurious country living at its best.

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275 Toro Canyon Rd CARPINTERIA, CA 93013
MLS #14-232
$4,550,000

Elegant Mediterranean-style home in a gated enclave, resting on aprox. 4 plus acres in Carpinteria. Expansive ocean and mountain views abound from the two-story home and abundant grounds which include pool, spa, spacious 2 room guest house and tennis court. Ample space for additional building and horses. Great location close to trails and beaches.

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175 Olive Mill Ln MONTECITO, CA 93108
MLS #12-3099
$4,195,000

EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY in one of Montecito’s premier locations, this stunning residence offers total privacy, impeccable style and single level living all within a short distance to the beach and lower village. Gated and down a long private driveway on over 1.3 flat acres, there are 4 bedroom suites plus an attached guest suite with a separate entrance, pool and spa.

The kitchen is equipped with top of the line appliances, a wine refrigerator, 3 ovens, warming drawer, 2 dishwashers and ample storage. In addition there is a formal dining room, living room with fireplace, very large family room / game room and a library with wet bar and fireplace. The generous master suite has two walk in closets, a fireplace and French doors to a very private patio. The solar heated pool and spa are perfectly located off the family room and there is a vine covered patio with fireplace for outdoor dining and lounging.

Impeccably maintained and finished with a very high attention to detail, this is an estate of enduring, timeless quality offering all the amenities and attributes to satisfy the most discerning buyers.

Information is deemed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. Information may be autofilled from county tax records and other sources, or input by listing agents and should be independently verified by users of such information. © 2014 MLS & FBS. Prepared by Harry Kolb. The information on this flyer has been made available by the MLS and may not be the listing of the provider.